Experience and wisdom cannot be bought....
We have been around for a time. We receive emails, messages and calls from our families expressing how grateful they are for the best dog they have ever had. We have worked years and years to ensure the consistent quality in our lines. We have had ZERO genetic or health issues in ANY puppy we have produced. So yes, we are very proud and very confident.
We are not young folk, in our 50's, therefore we have no interest or inclination to just tell you what we think you want to hear. In fact, if we feel a puppy is not for you we will tell you. And, if you are not for our puppies, we will tell you. We also do not have the energy to be anything that we are not. We eat breath and sleep puppies and dogs which takes time and energy and we wouldn't have it any other way, we love this life.
Our reputation and puppies speak for us! We are not above bragging on our program and our lines and as Brion always boldly says "I'll put my puppies up against any others for health, quality, intelligence and temperment, we have our families as proof!"
Scammers suck! We get several puppy families contacting us AFTER they have been scammed. Most of the time it is because they interacted solely through email or text. We have been contacted by families stating that someone pruporting to be us is trying to sell them a Shibu Inu or a Dachsund and thankfully became suspicious and contacted us.
The scammers work both sides. As wary you are of being scammed, we are as well. They work the buyers for a quick buck and they work us by stealing our pictures and information to make themselves appear more legitimate. We had in one instance had our ads hijacked and the cost and effort to shut it down was immense.
But, they were ridiculous little traps we fell into and had we not been so trusting and naive we would have seen coming a mile away.
How is the best way to spot one?
Never Ever Ever send a cashier's check or take one. They are fake. In a recent scam a breeder was sent a cashier's check for over the amount and then asked to send the overage to the scammer's Paypal account. Well, why would he need to send a check if he had a Paypal?
CALL!! Do not rely solely on email and text, I know it is the new normal, but, you find out a lot by speaking to someone, you can gauge inflection in voice, they can't copy and paste knowledge on a phone call. I can tell typically if someone that emails me then will not call me and the conversation is ended when I ask them to call me.
Friend them on Facebook. Brion doesn't have one but I do. They will not have a Facebook since 2012 with 300 friends if they are who they say they are. Plus, you can usually see their post when you search their name. Most real people will have real people stuff like pics of their kids etc.
Ask to video chat. We video chat, especially in the Covid times.
Be pre-warned, I talk alot!
Ask for a photo taken with us holding up a thumbs up or something only you and I know. A scammer will have only the pictures they have stolen. They cannot produce a pic of a puppy with me giving the "ok" sign.
But, first and foremost, CALL!!!
We began Goose Down Kennel on Facebook as a Group Page to allow our puppy families to allow them a place to post their photos and brags. We are not internet savvy people, and then made a Facebook Business page. We had to chose a name for our website, but, Goose Down Kennel was already taken. So we chose Only Doodles!
We are still the same people with the same dogs, same dedication, and same quality of care for our dogs, puppies and families.
The majority of calls we receive after a puppy goes home are from first time dog owners.
Puppies are babies.
You would not expect a human infant to not cry, not potty, not chew because they are teething, not want attention right when they want it.
All babies are work.
Puppies are used to the only environment they know, sleeping in a puppy pile, chewing on their littermates, and have never been alone.
Stress, change in water, food and environment can and do cause tummy troubles. Soft stool IS NOT diarrhea. Diarrhea is watery! Puppies tummy trouble usually happens in the first week, and will settle within the first few weeks when they assimilate to their new environment.
Rawhide, rope, thin plastic or rubber toys are not good for puppies OR dogs! They swallow pieces that their tummies cannot digest. Some may pass the parts and pieces, and then some will have to have them surgically removed! Research your toys!
Excessive crating has proven to cause behavior problems and joint and bone growth issues. Dogs are social creatures and putting them in jail because you don't take time to train them will cause problems in the long run! Labradoodles are friendly and extremely intelligent. Make the time to teach them manners!
Please remember how their little lives change in a very short period of time, how confusing and scary it would be to have so many changes so quickly.
Thankfully, puppies are super adaptable Be patient, and repetitious and consistent in your training.
It is imperative that puppies receive their full series of vaccinations after they go home and are not exposed to dog parks or unvaccinated and unknown animals prior to the final series at 16 weeks. Our babies health is of the upmost importance to us and we are entrusting you to keep them safe and healthy!
PLEASE CALL , EMAIL, MESSAGE US ON OUR FACEBOOK PAGE OR TEXT WITH ANY QUESTIONS, ANYTIME
If you don't spend the time to train them, don't blame them.....there are no bad puppies, even if they eat your shoes!!
Yes, within reason...
If it is a case of weather causing shipping cancellations or an unfortunate event occurring out of your control, we will board your puppy up to 5 days at no cost to you, after such time a reasonable boarding fee will be required.
Most asked question: how do we potty train a puppy?
Answer: You are not potty training that puppy, you are training yourself and family members to feed, water and take that puppy out on a consistent schedule.
There will be accidents, they are babies. I had four sons. Their potty training was approached in the same manner. It took time. This will take time. Your consistency will determine how quickly this happens.
You are the one being trained!
Repitition is everything and praise for positive behavior is key. Set your phone, smart watch, or like us old folk, an egg timer starting at 1/2 hour and take the puppy out every half hour and increase the time as they and their tiny bladder age.
PUPPY PADS....NO NO NO!!!
Let me ask you this one question.....are you wanting to teach you puppy that it should find pottying in your house? If this is not your goal then why would you in essence do so by using a pee pad? If you teach yourself to take them out consistently, are patient, expect accidents and accept they are babies and that their sole goal in life is to please you, you'll survive it!
Every weekend I take pictures and post one group video on our Facebook Page Only Doodles and Goose Down Kennel.
Please remember, I work outside of the home during the week, and I too, need to buy groceries do my laundry, etc.
I will answer calls and email all day long, however. Even after your puppy has gone home.
I will treat you like you're special, because you are! You chose one of my babies!
Poodle and Riggs ALWAYS had black coated puppies, the majority are blue (when you look at their skin it looks blue!) Yes, they are blonde and chocolate, but their genetic pairing creates the black puppy.
We kept their daughters, 2 black and one chocolate.
Lucy is a black F1 Labradoodle. Lucy was pitch black when born, with bluing . Lucy now has a darkish coat with coarse white hair sparsed through and has rust colored highlights. We groom her twice a year and her shedding is almost nonexistent
Her puppies are typically, chocolate to muddy brown, and reddish brown to blonde. Basically one end of color wheel to the other. She will only have a few black puppies.
Color of the parent in a doodle DOES NOT DETERMINE COLOR OF THEIR PROGENY!!
We breeders will refer to "what they carry". Meaning, what genetically their parents and their parents parents carry color wise. Because we have raised generation of girl's we keep for mama's and we use 1 Daddy, Louie, we have similar puppies in every litter. Because, The girls carry blonde, chocolate, black and parti, and Louie carries the same.
They will have, sometimes, white blazes on their chest and face, white on their feet or tips of their tails or are the unicorn- the Parti. They are white and another color. We have had chocolate, black and cream partis. Our Unicorn? The cream/white parti! Only 3 over the years!
But wait, there's more!
Their coat color and density change over the course of time. They lose their puppy coats, they may get more fleecey or more scruffy.
Lucy, is Riggs and Poodle's daughter.
She is an F1 Labradoodle. Lucy was pitch black when born, with bluing . Lucy now has a darkish coat with coarse white hair sparsed through and has rust colored highlights. We groom her twice a year and her shedding is almost nonexistent
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There are a few different ways breeders are producing American Doodles.
Genetics= Brion's parents are 5'4" and 5'7". Brion is 6'2". Gentetically, he got his height recessively from his grandfather. When we are asked why a black doodle mama and a brown poodle papa have parti puppies or cream puppies, it is because they both gentetically carry recessive genes from their parent and the pairing of their genetics. Same goes with coat beginning with the f1b on down in generations. In a litter, one pup could be genetically 80% Poodle and 20% Lab , Bernese etc , 40%60%, 70%/30%, etc... etc... etc...
In the world of the Doodle -NO TWO PUPPIES ARE EVER ALIKE!
F1 = 50% Lab, Bernese, Golden, etc and 50% Poodle: This is Lab to Poodle cross; this is first generation, resulting in healthier offspring! Hair type can be smooth like a Lab, wiry like an Irish Wolfhound or wavy/shaggy and curly in Labradoodles and in our case with the Bernedoodles, because the Bernese Mountain dog has thick wavy hair this breeding will produce thick wavy, wavy loose curl and curly Because of the structural and weight differences of the two breeds size can vary by 20 pounds at adulthood in puppies from the same litter; they can shed or not shed; pups in the same litter can vary.
F1B = This is Doodle bred back to Poodle, wavy curly shaggy look doodle very consistent in coat types. Unnoticable shedding, allergy friendly begins with this generation.
F2 = F1 Doodle and F1 Doodle cross: With this combination you get the same percentage of Lab Poodle mix as you would an F1 Labradoodle, so they are more likely to shed.
F3 = Doodle and Doodle cross, F1B
Multi-generation = F3 or higher generation Doodle and F3 or higher generation Doodle cross. Multigen have been bred with a variety of doodle to doodle to poodle breedings over several generations and tend to lose that true labradoodle look.
So, what's best for you in terms of coat type?
Curly- Will require the most care, if you love that cute Teddy Bear cut and are down for visiting the groomer for upkeep this is your pup!
Wavy- Remember the shampoo commercials and the girl with the beautiful long lush wavy hair she flips it over her shoulder? This is how I always think of this coat! This will need half the amount of grooming, just a trim and a brushing now and again and grows slower than the curly.
Short wave-These puppies lose their puppy coats quicker than the others, and look like awkward kids until their 2nd puppy coat comes in and it will, thick and a short wave. This coat will require pretty much ZERO upkeep because it does not grow as quickly.